Bid to have satellites launched from island from Unst
SHETLAND has announced it is preparing a bid to become a launch base for satellites.
Detailed plans have been drawn up and are likely to be submitted to the UK Space Agency next year. The proposals involve launching payloads into space from Unst, Scotland’s most northerly island.the country already has a successful space industry – building satellites and the components for them. It has been estimated to be worth more than
£130 million and to employ 7,000 people. Legislation on space flight, currently going through Parliament, could allow vertical launches of satellites from the UK for the first time. Other proposals for Scottish space flight centres include Sutherland, the Western Isles, Prestwick and Machrihanish.
remote: The Shetland island of Unst.